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Griffin Rising (Book One) (Griffin #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  145 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews

All you need is one person who believes in you.

Armed with the power to control the ancient elements of Earth and Fire, sixteen-year-old Griffin is determined to complete his apprenticeship and rise to the rank of Terrae Angeli.

But first, he must overcome a brutal past if he is to survive in this world. Will the perseverance of his kindly Mentor and the lov
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 2014 by Copper Square Studios (first published 2011)
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Jun 19, 2011 Nic rated it liked it
Griffin Rising is quick and enjoyable read that is filled with plenty of laughs, action and adventure and heart warming moments.

Darby Karchut's writing style was easy to read despite the changing narration. It went from the present to past and also there was also journal entries from Griffin, Basil and occasionally Katie. The pacing flowed wonderfully and it is the type of book that you can just relax into. The plot is also had a good balance of paranormal and coming of age story. However somet
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 24, 2011 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Rabid Reads

Griffin Rising is a great coming of age novel full of life lessons that are cleverly disguised as an angel adventure story. I connected with each character on a deeper level because of their journals entries which were fun yet insightful. I really enjoyed the contrasts between Griffin's struggles as a teenager and as an angel's apprentice. At times, Fin would demonstrate a level of maturity that was well beyond his years while as others it was clearly evident that he is st
Savannah (Books With Bite)
May 27, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I love the whole angels concept in books and this book blew me away with it. It had everything that a paranormal book needs. Great plot, and amazing characters that triumph till the very end.

The plot of this book is amazing. I really enjoyed it and got into quickly. The main characters Basil and Griffin really where a set of characters that I fell in love with. First off, Basil is a great mentor. He knew what was going on with Griffin and he saved him from it. I like that he k
Inspired Kathy
Feb 20, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
4.5 Stars - Great book

I was sent an ARC of Griffin Rising a year ago, right at the time my life was thrown a curve ball and I went from reading 5 or 6 books a week to just one. Unfortunately that meant Griffin Rising did not get reviewed as I had planned. I finally picked this book up yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's a quick read so I easily made it through it in one afternoon.

Terrae Angeli or guardian angels are the main characters in Griffin Rising. I loved
Mar 24, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at:

Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Griffin Rising introduces us to a race of Earth Angels, or Terrae Angeli, separated from the Celestial Angels in both the powers they possess and in their ability to have free will, thereby rendering them characters capable of making mistakes, their every flaw endearing them to us as we recognize our humanity reflected back at us regardless of their supernatural powers. Though Basil and Griffin ca
Kathy Martin
Apr 16, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
Griffin is a young Terrae Angeli (what we know as guardian angels) who lived his first three years with a terrible Mentor who abused and belittled him. When he was 13 Basil became his Mentor and helped him learn to trust again, to use his elements Earth and Fire, and to be a good guardian angel. Then a girl moves in next year and Griffin experiences his first romance. But the evil first Mentor isn't finished with him as he schemes to make him fail his test for angel. Great story and great new my ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. It sounded like an interesting concept- a young angel training to become a full blown guardian angel, while also trying to navigate life as a regular 16 year old. The book started out slow for me- it jumped from the present to 3 years in the past and back a few times. Those leaps lost me a bit at first, I found myself flipping back and forth to make sure I knew where I was and who I was reading about. Especially given that Griffin refers to both Nicopolis and Basil as men ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-own
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Griffin Rising was a surprisingly enjoyable debut about the use of free agency and overcoming an abusive past. It's a mixture of action, myth and young romance perfect for middle grade to young adult readers. Angel in training Griffin is 13 years old and stuck with an evil mentor, Nicoplolis who has less than orthodox training methods. Like all Tarrae Angeli, Nicopolis is bound to earth, and has the right to choose, bu
Beverly McClure
Feb 19, 2011 Beverly McClure rated it it was amazing
Would you like to have a guardian angel watching over you? If so, then curl up in your favorite reading spot and enter the world of Griffin, a Tiro or Terrae Angelus in training, and his Mentor Basil, Terrae Angelus. “Terrae Angeli exist only to serve as guardians to man.” They are earthbound. They have free will, like man. Their powers align to the Four Elements: Wind and Water, Earth and Fire. Like man, they also can be destroyed.

Griffin begins his training to become a Terrae Angelus under Nic
Annie McElfresh
Apr 11, 2011 Annie McElfresh rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
My Thoughts:

This novel really grew on me. I've read a lot of angel books this year, but GRIFFIN RISING was unlike any of the other angel YA novels I've read lately. The main character suffered throughout a lot of abuse from his first mentor Nicopolis in the beginning of the novel. Basil couldn't have come into the picture soon enough and saved Griffin from his current situation. It kind of reminded me of the 3rd Karate Kid movie for some reason, where the mentor was out to purposely hurt his pup
Apr 10, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: debut-authors
I was approached a few months back by the author to read and review Griffin Rising on my blog. Up until that point I had not even heard of this book. I'm really glad that the author approached me, if she hadn't I might have missed out on a PHENOMENAL debut YA novel. Griffin Rising is what my co-workers and I refer to as Awesome Sauce. Let's put it this way, the "Awesome Sauce" list is REALLY short....The Hunger Games trilogy, No Mercy, Mercy Kill and Griffin Rising are it.

What I really liked abo
Aug 16, 2012 RoloPoloBookBlog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Holy crap, Batman! I don’t know where Darby Karchut has been (actually I do, I read the author info) but I can tell you, she is a welcome addition to the world of young adult writing! Her first-in-a-series novel Griffin Rising was a fantastic read that had me hooked at page one of the prologue.

Griffin Rising is a novel that follows Griffin (DUH!), a young Tiro or apprentice who is learning the skills necessary to serve the world as a Terrae Angeli or guardian angel. This particular caste of ang
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for

According to The Manuscript of Aidan, Abbot of Kellsfarne, written in 1144, there are nine known classes of angels. However, he suggests that there may be another group: the Terrae Angeli. The members of this group may be a Sage, a Guardian, a Mentor, or a Tiro. They serve human beings as guardian angels, and they can die.

When Basil is assigned to take over the Mentorship of a thirteen-year-old Tiro, he is appalled to find that the previous Ment
Apr 19, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Have you ever wondered if there are angels among us? Guardian angels, who help us during all those times we get into trouble? If it seems like a miracle that you survived a bad car accident, maybe it was.

And what if one of those angels looked like a sixteen-year-old boy and lived across the street?

Griffin is an apprentice angel, still hoping to earn his wings (figuratively speaking – this type of angel does not have actual wings). His gifts are fire and earth, and his curse is a mentor named Nic
Griffin has many of the same troubles as other 16 year-old boys. He's trying to figure out how to deal with the opposite sex, namely his girlfriend, Katie. He has to work with a body that is going through changes, as well as trying to figure out his place in the world. Also, as the fall semester comes to an end, Griffin is facing his final exam, one that might just kill him.

Griffin is not a typical teenager. He's part of a race called Terrae Angeli (literally, "Earth Angels"). Griffin is an app
Apr 12, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Review coming.

I have two words for this book: Soul Food!

Pagent Storm
Oct 13, 2014 Pagent Storm rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First, I want to thank the author for being kind enough to send this book to me for first-reads.

Storyline/Plot: 2/5
Concept/Ideas: 4/5
Characters: 2/5
Writing style: 2/5

In Griffin Rising, an angel apprentice is training for the big test to see if he is fit for the job. Griffin's journey is a unique one as he tries to recover from the abuse from his past mentor and balance his life as an angel with the human facade he has to show to the world, including his girlfriend.

I loved the concept of thi
A Canadian Girl
May 14, 2011 A Canadian Girl rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, 4-stars
Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut has its own unique take on the mythology surrounding angels, and introduces readers to the Terrae Angeli, a race of angels with free will that live on earth, control the elements and guard humans. Despite the fact that the story involves angels, the ability of the Terrae Angeli to have agency allows their actions to be similar to those of humans and thus, the novel becomes one of a boy learning to gain self-confidence, healing from an abusive past and falling in l ...more
GRIFFIN RISING is not your traditional angel book. I was happy to see some non-conventional angel lore, and that the story follows the angel rather than having the angel as the secondary character. And Griffin? Is so much fun. Even though he had a rough go of it as a kid, he’s managed to pick himself up with the help of his new mentor, Basil, and is doing great for himself. Griffin is still only an apprentice, and the relationship between him and Basil is spot on.

Each chapter starts off with jou
Feb 21, 2011 Reaganstar rated it it was amazing
I have to say after reading what this book was about, I was only mildly interested but i love angel stories so I had to give it a try. Much to my suprise and happiness the blurb about this book does nothing for it. A fantastic storyline and amazing characters that you empathize with immediately.

You meet Griffin at the early age of 13, under the eye of his "mentor" which immediately tears at your heartstrings seeing what poor Griffin has to deal with. He then gets switched to another mentor and
Christin (Portrait of a Book)
A lot of angel books have flooded the market recently, and hence there is a risk of stories becoming repetitive. However, in Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut found a way to make the story of a young guardian angel both original and enjoyable.

Griffin has been training for years to pass his Proelium and become a guardian angel. His early years were anything but easy; he was forced to endure harsh conditions set by a cruel Mentor. But all of that changes when a new Mentor, Basil, takes over Griffin's
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Griffin Rising is a short and fast read with a new take on angel lore. Griffin, a Tiro, or apprentice, finds himself facing down the trial that will either lead to him continuing on as a guardian angel or stripping him of the life he’s known and turning him human. Darby Karchut quickly makes Griffin a character to root for. His rough past and the abuse he’s suffered made me immediately care for him. His new mentor, Basil, comes off as very fatherly and sweet. The father/son relationship that Bas ...more
This was a really heartwarming book! Darby Karchut's debut novel is not only about Guardian Angels, but on a deeper level it seems to be about the journey of self discovery. Griffin's story had me wiping my eyes at times and laughing out loud at others. The story chronicles Griffin's journey from the tragic start of his apprenticeship as a Terrae Angeli or Guardian Angel to his final test, the Prolieum. I am a huge fan of Angel-themed books and this one is fantastic! It was a fresh take on Guard ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Griffin Rising is one of those books that takes you by surprise. I am so grateful to be a part of this blog tour hosted by AToMR. As I read this ARC I was completely blown away. As most of you readers know I love Angel stories. I love how things are real for them. They experience the good with the bad. Life is like that nothing is easy and fair and life definitely is not a bowl of cherries. In Griffin Rising we meet Griffin who is an angel in training called Terrae Angeli. The Terrae Angeli cont ...more
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A very promising debut. There are pros and cons with both writing style and plot but there’s something in the characters that makes me anticipate the next book’s release.

I love the archetypical hero’s story. It’s what makes me love stories like Harry Potter and Eragon. Griffin is an earth-angel who is realizing the heart of his situation: human versus angel. While he struggles to figure out the balance, he’s haunted by a jaded past. His s
Jun 21, 2011 Marcie rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I have a hard time writing a review for. Not because I don't like it but because I really like it. I think this book is phenomenal. Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut is the story about an angel. Griffin spends the first few years of his life mentally and physically abused by his mentor. Things change for him when he receives his new mentor, Basil. Basil is repulsed by what was done to Griffin. Not only does he have to make up for the lack of training Griffin didn't recei ...more
Maxine Mathew
Terrae Angeli, the angels of earth, act as the guardians of mortal humans. They control the four elements of earth, air, fire and water- using them to save the mortals. Unlike the angels of heaven, they have free will. They can make choices just like humans which can be for good or bad. Griffin is one of them.

Thirteen year old, Griffin, is stuck with a cruel and an unforgiving mentor, Nicopolis. Just when he was on the verge of giving up, Griffin is taken away from Nicopolis as an apprentice to
Kelly Hager
Mar 30, 2011 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
Griffin is an angel. More specifically, he's probably best described as an apprentice guardian angel. He's 16, and soon he'll have to pass a test to become a full-fledged angel, or Terrae Angeli. His mentor, Basil, is a father figure to him, and they're very close. Unfortunately, to pass the test, he'll have to defeat his first mentor, Nicopolis, who is a complete jerk (which is phrasing it nicely). If he can't pass the test, he has to become mortal.

But there's more to the story than that. You s
Carrie Rundhaug
Apr 17, 2011 Carrie Rundhaug rated it really liked it

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when opening the book for the first time. Sure I read the blurb on the back and it sounded interesting but still... As I began reading Darby's debut novel I became pleasantly surprised with the characters, the story and the overall concept of the book.

Griffin Rising introduces us to two main characters, Griffin and Basil, who are guardian angels (Terrae Angeli). Both can control the different elements, Basil can control air and water and Griffin earth and fire
Between the Covers
Jul 07, 2011 Between the Covers rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Christin for Between the Covers

A lot of angel books have flooded the market recently, and hence there is a risk of stories becoming repetitive. However, in Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut found a way to make the story of a young guardian angel both original and enjoyable.

Griffin has been training for years to pass his Proelium and become a guardian angel. His early years were anything but easy; he was forced to endure harsh conditions set by a cruel Mentor. But all of that changes when
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“Basil leaned forward, resting his elbows on the table. “Look, Fin. I understand what you’re going through. Truly, I do. But we have mortals depending on us, so I need you to angel up.”

There was a long silence, and then Griffin blinked. “Did … did you just say angel up?”

“I did,” Basil replied blandly.

“That’s awesome.” Griffin chuckled, and then sighed and put down his spoon. He leaned back and looked at Basil ruefully. “I’ve been a real pain, haven’t I?”

“To say the least. Though I won’t deny I acted any better the first time it happened to me.”

“You gonna tell me about her?”

“How old are you?”



“Fine. Be that way.” Griffin picked up his spoon and took another mouthful of soup, then wrapped one hand around the bowl, warming his dinner. “So how long are we on standby?”

“All evening.” Basil glanced out the kitchen window. “Things may get dicey with this storm.”
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